Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Nakamura Fukusuke I as Sukeroku (助六) and Agemaki (揚巻)

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Dates: 1857,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,13.875 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Daitora (Marks U036 - seal 22-004)
Date: 2/1857
Censor's seal: aratame

Related links: Waseda University ;

Physical description:

There is a Kuniyoshi diptych in the Lyon Collection showing these two kabuki characters in similar costumes each posed before a large archery target. (See #99)

The curatorial files from Waseda University identify the actor Nakamura Fukusuke I in the role of Sukeroku.


The name of the onnagata as the courtesan Agemaki may have its origins in the title of the fourty-seventh chapter of The Tale of Genji. Agemaki in that case means the 'trefoil knot' and appears in a poem by Kaoru. 'Trefoil knots' were used to wrap gifts. The poem reads:

In these trefoil knots may you
secure forever our eternal bond,
that our threads may always merge
in that one place where they met."